Keller In Peter Goldsworthy's Maestro

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Peter Goldsworthy’s novel “Maestro” portrays Keller in many ways as a good teacher, but one who has several weaknesses already outlined by Kirsten. Despite Kellers overwhelming sense of arrogance and rudeness his positive attributes as a teacher show us how Keller certainly impacted on Paul. He is a good teacher due to the fact that he teaches Paul the requirements to be a great pianist and also teaches him about life in general while possessing deep care and affection for Paul even if it isn’t always obvious. Keller has an impeccable pedigree of musical ancestors, with his own teacher being Leschetizky (lesh-uh-tit-sche). Keller is able to give Paul some great advice and help regarding his piano playing due to his vast amount of experience and knowledge on music and life itself. Being taught by Leshchetizky allows him to have a great understanding of talent and past on great…show more content…
Keller later on says “If only at your age I had such textbooks”. This shows that Keller wants Paul to understand the world and realise that the world is not as wonderful and peaceful as Paul may think. In addition to all the lessons Keller teaches Paul, he also deeply loves him. The first sign of Keller’s affection for Paul becomes apparent when he sends him a first signed edition of the “Opus 599 studies”. This is symbolic of his love for Paul. “My affection for you…I have been hard on you because of that. A father’s hardness.” This also shows that he thinks of Paul as his own son. Thus, Keller loves and cares for his Paul, enormously. Keller is in numerous ways a good teacher to Paul as he teaches him self-criticism and makes him realise his true capabilities and limitations. He educates Paul about life and possesses a great deal of affection and care for him. Despite Keller’s arrogant and judgmental nature, there’s no denying that Keller’s teachings positively impacted on

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